Parental Counsel

1 My son, if you have become 1surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,
2 If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
4 Give no 2sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a 3bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the 4ant, O 5sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,
8 Prepares her food 7in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
10 "8A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest "-
11 9Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.
12 A 10worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a 11perverse mouth,
13 Who 12winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers;
15 Therefore * 16his calamity will come suddenly; 17Instantly he will be broken and there will be 18no healing.
16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
20 26My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;
21 27Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.
22 When you 28walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.
23 For 29the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
24 To 30keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
25 31Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her 32eyelids.
26 For 33on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress * 34hunts for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?
29 So is the one who 35goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her 36will not go unpunished.
30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals To 37satisfy himself when he is hungry;
31 But when he is found, he must 38repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house.
32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is 39lacking sense; He who would 40destroy himself does it.
33 Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out.
34 For 41jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the 42day of vengeance.
35 He will not accept * any ransom, Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts.